Major funding for new Athlone school

The Department of Education has announced major capital funding for the development of a new school on the west side of Athlone.

  It was announced recently that two existing secondary schools, St Aloysius College and St Joseph’s College, would amalgamate on September 1, 2017, and a new school be developed on the existing Summerhill site. The school will have a new name and new management structures.

  On Tuesday, Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan included the development in a new programme of capital investment for schools, from 2016-21.

  The Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran, welcomed the news. He said: “This investment…is a significant vote of confidence in the new co-educational second level school which is due to open its doors in September 2017. It will bring state-of-the-art educational facilities to the vast Summerhill site near the growing Monksland area.

  “This will allow for an enhanced range of subjects, educational programmes, greater provision for students with special education needs and more extracurricular activities that parents would rightly wish for their children in the years to come.”

  The new school will initially cater for 500 students, with the hope of expanding to 800 over a five-year period.